FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A former TCU football player suing the school over his medical treatment while playing, spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday since filing the suit.
In an interview on ESPN with Bob Ley on the show Outside the Lines, Kolby Listenbee described receiving multiple shots from doctors before games, and an environment that he says created pressure to play while injured.
“It was very aggressive, like being a receiver in meeting room and stuff, watching film. Coach P. come in there and like, start yelling and start getting mad and cursing at us,” Listenbee said.
The wide receiver sued the school last month, claiming injections contributed to a pelvis injury that has limited his chance at a career in the NFL.
He described one treatment before a bowl game, that he said numbed his entire leg.
“I got the pregame shots as usual,” he said. “I was still injured during the first half of the game. They gave me five shots. So they gave me two in the middle, one above my area, one blocking shot, two on the left side, one on the right side. Hit one of my nerves, and my whole entire right leg went numb.”
Head coach Gary Patterson spoke about the suit for the first time Sunday, saying everything he does is to prepare athletes for the years after college.
“The bottom line to it is, it’s always been about the program,” Patterson said. “It’s never been about winning. Winning is important but not because of somebody’s health.”
Ley also asked Listenbee about an interview before the NFL draft when he credited the coaching and medical staff for getting him to that point.
He said he didn’t know the extent of his injury at the time, and that he didn’t have a problem with every coach, but just a select few.